Fang Bo upsets Lin Yun-Ju in a stunning afternoon session of WTT Macao
Day Two at WTT Macao continues as the remaining seeds from 5-8 are playing winners from Battle One in Battle Two on Thursday 26th November 2020.
by Kabir Nagpal
The second session of the second day of an historic WTT event saw the final Battle Two matches in play as winners from Battle One played the remaining 5th-8th seeds in Macao.
Chen Xingtong 3-0 Doo Hoi Kem (11-8, 11-8, 11-3)
Doo Hoi Kem was eliminated in a super quick session of the afternoon here Macao, as eighth seed Chen Xingtong recorded a straight games win.
The Chinese athlete was simply too fast on the counter against her Hong Kong China opponent, and that was enough to wrap up a place for Chen in the Elimination finals.
Fang Bo 3-2 Lin Yun-Ju (11-7, 11-10, 2-11, 10-11, 13-11)
And the first major upset has happened here in Macao! World no.7 Lin Yun-Ju was defeated by winner of Battle One, Fang Bo in a five-game nail-biter!
Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Fang had a lot to do as the teenager from Chinese Taipei was simply stunning in levelling the match. However, the Chinese athlete was not to be denied, as he conjured up a magical set of forehands in the final game to secure passage into the next round!
Cheng I-Ching 3-2 Liu Weishan (11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7)
Chinese Taipei fans have seen two nail-biters end in vastly different ways as Cheng I-Ching managed to see off the challenge of Battle One winner Liu Weishan in 31 minutes.
In what was a evenly-balanced match that saw both athletes win one game after the other, Cheng found a way past Liu in the final game with a smart block and counter which her Chinese opponent did not see coming.
Jeoung Youngsik 3-2 Liam Pitchford (6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5)
Wrapping up the afternoon session was another cracking battle between Jeoung Youngsik and Liam Pitchford – one which happened to swing in favour of the Korea Republican.
It was an intense battle with shorter rallies than usual – not just because of the WTT format – but also because neither Pitchford nor Youngsik wanted to back down from attacking the other. Eventually, it was Youngsik who managed to gain and then hold on to it – sending him into the Elimination Round tomorrow.
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